Appledore’s Brian Levien impresses on Barnstaple Town debut against Paulton Rovers

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BARNSTAPLE Town manager Barry Yeo was impressed by the performance of Appledore’s Brian Levien in their league cup victory last night.

Levien made a 25-minute cameo as a substitute in the Evo-Stik League Southern Challenge Cup clash, which Barnstaple won 2-1 against Paulton Rovers.

The winger, who has scored 13 goals in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League for in-form Appledore this season, looked lively and full of running on his debut.

Levien has been with Appledore since joining from North Molton in 2011 and has scored 55 goals in five and a half seasons at Marshford.

“We signed him on as cover as we had a few players missing and he impressed us a lot,” said Yeo after the cup victory.

“It is difficult as Appledore are flying and he is playing well for them, but it was a bit of both – a taster for him and a taster for us.

“He’s come in and done really well for 25 minutes and I was pleased with him. I know Appledore is his club but it was about giving him an opportunity.

“I appreciate Shappy (manager Keith Shapland) not causing any problems, he saw the opportunity for the lad as well so that’s something that is there.

“We have a couple more midweek games we might use him in.”

The victory over Paulton last night moved Barnstaple into the last eight of the competition at their first attempt. The goals came from James Blake and Craig Allan in the second half.

“I thought our attitude was better than theirs and from the outset we wanted it more,” said Yeo.

“It is about winning football matches, we haven’t won a lot of them, but we love winning games.

“I thought, especially in the second half, we thoroughly deserved what we got.”

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